Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Who needs pre-school curriculum?
OK John has this old camera he uses for work that you have to whack to get it to work properly but I dragged it out just for the blog. How sad is that?
I have been torn about actually doing some formal pre-school work with Isabelle or just doing my usual random approach to homeschool which stresses my family out. Well today we were at Target and Isabelle pulls a bunch of bras off the rack while I am looking around. I tell her she has to put them back and as I watch her I remember why I have such a random approach to homeschool and why I love it so much. There we are with 3 different color bras on the floor of Target and it is an opportunity for her to learn to sort. She puts the first 2 in the right place and then mixes up the second two. So I ask her why she didn't match them and she tells me she wanted to mix them up. Of course since I am not fully committed to doing any homeschooling I decided to just accept this answer and move on. But it did get me thinking...
Then this afternoon I pull out the marble works and put it together and we watch the marbles drop through which Isabelle just loves. I bought this toy at a discovery toys party many years ago and felt it was a good learning toy. But I am wondering what in fact we are learning. How to watch mom decipher a picture and put a bunch of tubes together so that she can drop marbles through? I just don't think it is a 3year old learning toy. And since I have no mechanical aptitude and couldn't put the thing together without the pictures I am not sure it is a 37 year old toy either. I think I will stick with the Target learning experiences for now.